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Tue
30
Jun '09

Best $50 I Ever Spent.

So — the best $50 that I ever spent… on the Nexus card. The reader board coming into Canada was 35 and 50 minutes (Peace Arch and Truck Crossing) and coming back it was 60 minutes and 90 minutes (same parameters). So — I saved somewhere between 95 and 140 minutes getting over the border […]

Mon
29
Jun '09

Monday In Vancouver.

Great dinner party last night with Swanda, Nathan (Bam Bam) and Hummingbird — tonight’s dinner party is with Tom, Stephen and Bam Bam (Hummingbird has a meeting). Pork roast last night, salmon tonight. Yum. So, as promised yesterday here is a video of the digs here in Vancouver… And here is a shot of Nathan […]

Sun
28
Jun '09

I Lead A Blessed Life.

It is somehow calming to say “I lead a blessed life.” It conjures up angels riding on high above me — would that it were the case. I have no idea what I did in a previous life/existence to enjoy the fruits of this one, but I am truly blessed. I count the uncountable, friends, […]

Sat
27
Jun '09

December Cruise Anyone?

Anyone interested in cruising this December? I won’t be able to use my Holland America Onboard Credit, but it does go to some interesting destinations that I haven’t been to. And as an added bonus, if features “The Two Colonels”, my straight, conservative, Christian [correction from Kate, Christian and conservative not conservative Christian] cruising friends […]

Fri
26
Jun '09

FriDateLess.

Surprise — no date this evening. I think I need a night off. Last night’s date went swimmingly though it wasn’t a sleep over date — he had too much to do in the morning. But it was midnight by the time he left, more a night owl than me. Off topic quote about “Don’t […]

Thu
25
Jun '09

ThursDate.

Round Two.

A little foggy this morning… I’ve only myself to blame. That, and the demon liquor…. If it’s Thursday it must be time for the weekly marketing meeting. Much turmoil with the Vancouver, British Columbia branch opening. Luckily not any turmoil that has to do with me. Filed under the category of when it rains it […]

Wed
24
Jun '09

Wednesdate.

Or SOB Done For Now.

Man that water pump is a bear. Two full days to disassemble, pull the water pump, replace it, and reassemble. Two REALLY full days. Ouch. $100 worth of parts and $300 worth of labor. It’s a good thing that it’s the last time I’ll have to do that (considering the amount of miles that I […]

Tue
23
Jun '09

Tuesdate.

Raf at 9, Stuart at 10, diagnosis on SOB by 10:30 — the water pump is shot in SOB. Damn. $300 is the best guess, but considering how much stuff needs to get removed to get to the water pump, might be more: transmission cooler oil cooler air conditioner condenser radiator Four hours later he […]

Mon
22
Jun '09

Mondate.

Or Router Hell.

Practice the mantra: “Computers make our lives easier.” Repeat until you are ready to scream and break hardware. For the last couple of months I’ve been having issues with my two networked laser printers (one color, one black/white) refusing to recognize the network until I reboot them… meanwhile jobs are piling up in the queue. […]

Sun
21
Jun '09

Sundate.

Just a quick note and a quick picture… Raf working on SOB, I went and worked on Jimmie’s computer, and this is a shot of a house on a barge that delayed my trip back home from Home Depot (1st Avenue Bridge): But I got a date tonight so off I am back into the […]

Sat
20
Jun '09

Saturday Project.

White Trash HDTV Antenna.

Maybe this should be titled how I spent my Saturday after waking up in Olympia… I’ve been toying with making an HDTV antenna for Swanda so he could get more channels… there was a blog post months ago with some photos… and I finally got around to making it:   Corrugated plastic (thanks Jill), spray […]

Fri
19
Jun '09

Going For The Gold.

Alaska MVP Gold That Is.

Checked my Alaska account this morning, and the Newark trip posted, along with the Double Elite Qualifying Miles. Mileage Plan Information Member Name: MARK S SOUDER, MVP Mileage Plan Number: XXXXXXX Available Miles: 63,999 Elite Tier Status Qualification YTD Alaska/Horizon Miles Flown:  25,074  — 14,926 Miles to Gold YTD Alaska/Horizon/Qualifying Partner* Miles Flown:  25,074 —  24,926 […]

Thu
18
Jun '09

Booked A Cruise.

More progress on SOB — it is slowly becoming black. While Raf worked on that, I was on the Eastside earning the $$$ to pay him, and to pick up supplies like superfine sand paper to do as the finish before the Turtle Wax. For dinner it was Jonathan and the discussion of his birthday […]

Wed
17
Jun '09

New News Junkie Schedule.

Thanks to Swanda and his limited channels, I’ve arranged a new “news junkie” schedule: 5:00 – Nightly Business News on PBS 5:30 – BBC World News 6:00 – NBC Nightly News 6:30 – Local news (also NBC for convenience) Well, that’s for me. He is stuck with PBS. Upcoming schedule: Marketing meeting in the morning […]

Tue
16
Jun '09

13 Hours And 9,592 EQM.

I took most of today off for what most people would consider torture. I left the house at a little before 7am headed for the airport. For once, not first class. Lose 25 minutes in the security line. Maybe I’ll check out the United pay-for-access plan (even though I was flying Alaska). Or maybe I’ll […]

Mon
15
Jun '09

Monday, Monday.

What can you say about Monday. Workers late, , huge steak for dinner with half of it still in the fridge for tomorrow or later, unannounced guests after dinner. And I hate parking the Jag in front because SOB is taking up all the space out back and blocking the garage door. Need the project […]

Sun
14
Jun '09

Face Lift For SOB.

No more reports on “billable hours” — the natives (readers) are restless and complaining. Personally I think it balances the work/play ratio, but I can understand people not wanting to think about work at all. The project for today is starting to sand SOB down to get all the faded and cracking stripping off the […]

Sat
13
Jun '09

Post Graduation Blues.

OK — so it really isn’t the Post Graduation Blues, but it sounded good so I thought I’d use it. Up at 8:30, showered and unplugged and ready to roll at 10am. I declined to go to the tree education workshop he is putting on this morning. Something about 3 hours in a classroom with […]

Fri
12
Jun '09

The Big Day — Graduation.

Woke up to Robert banging on the tin can that I slept in (SOB). Thank goodness Natalie’s parents had coffee going on the picnic table outside the dining room. There are two tents set up in the yard for guests. One for Natalie’s parents, the other for her brother. Grandpa is staying in the guest […]

Thu
11
Jun '09

Work Hard. Play Hard.

Another wild day… marketing meetings in the morning, packing in the early afternoon, and then headed to Jameson’s place for his graduation tomorrow. He and Natalie live outside Olympia and they are both walking the aisle (graduation) tomorrow: Jameson with a double BA/BS Natalie with a Masters in Environmental Study Way to go you two! […]